Lords of Lambeau

Today, we’re reading Austin Smith’s “Lords of Lambeau” from Harpers Magazine.  How does Smith set the scene for his pilgrimage to Lambeau? Why does Smith provide a brief history of the Packers’ first season? Smith shares details of his own experiences playing football. Why? What does this tell us about his trip to Lambeau? What… Read More Lords of Lambeau

Off the Land

Today, we’re reading something a little different in David Treuer’s “Off the Land” from Harpers Magazine. Instead of our normal rhetorical analysis, take the story in. Consider the following questions as you read, and be prepared to share some of your responses in class: Which detail in the story felt most Minnesota, northwoods to you? … Read More Off the Land

Midwestern and Hmong

In “To Be Both Midwestern and Hmong” from The Atlantic, Doualy Xaykaothao argues that Hmong people still struggle for acceptance in Wisconsin. With that in mind, answer the following questions: What happens in the opening paragraphs of the article? Why do you think Xaykaothao opens with this scene? How does it impact your reading of… Read More Midwestern and Hmong

Cadillac Dreams

Today, I’d like you to watch the Cadillac commercial (below). Then, read Carolyn Gregoire’s article, “Cadillac Made a Commercial about the American Dream, and It’s a Nightmare,” from  The Huffington Post.  Next, answer one of the follow questions with a 200-word response. As always, try to draw specific details from the video or reading to support… Read More Cadillac Dreams